my lizard was in a box. my bird was in a box. my dog was ready, they never came. >> well, i was in the hotel that night, and my brother and my father had stayed home, so we were split. so we couldn't get in touch with them. so we thought they had died. [ sobbing ] >> when the storm passed, what did you think the next day? >> that i was safe with my family. >> and that's all that mattered? >> every was okay, thank god, but yeah, like, we didn't expect this to happen at all. >> i really didn't care about anything else, my house, all my stuff. i was just happy to be alive at that point. >> alive, yes, but their lives were turned upside down. >> chairs got to places i never thought would be possible.